Features

  • Summer 2019 Kayaking Schedule

    Check out our current schedule for kayaking opportunities at Owens Station Crossing

    Kayaking Flyer 2019

  • Fawn

    Finding Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

    If you care, leave them there.

    Read more.

  • Annual Pass

    America the Beautiful Passes Sold Here

    Please call Chelsea Utter to schedule an appointment to purchase a pass. 973-702-7266 x18.

    Details

  • Deer

    2019 Hunt Permits On Sale Now.

    2019 Hunting Permit sales started on February 15, 2019.

    Purchase Permit Here

What's Happening

A.T. Through Hikers Moving Early This Year

A T Hikers 2016

Most years we see the northbound Appalachian Trail through hikers (those hiking the 2,100 mile trail in one season) in the month of July. But because of the mild winter this year, many hikers on the Appalachian Trail started their hikes earlier than usual and some are already passing through the refuge. Others are doing what is called a “flip-flop” hike. This means that they are starting their hike at a midway point such as Virginia or West Virginia, hiking to Maine then returning to their starting point and hiking south to Georgia. More people are being encouraged to do the hike this way because the trail has become so popular that it can be overloaded at the starting point with dozens of hikers starting at the same time. Another way to hike the trail is to start in Maine then hike south to Georgia. No matter how they do it, it is always enjoyable talking with hikers as they pass through the refuge.

New Law Enforcement Hot Line Number

Introducing the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System Turn In Poachers, or TIPs, hotline. Please contact this phone number to report any unlawful activities observed on the refuge. 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).

Meet Our Friends

Meet Our Friends

Friends Group Members pose with Blue Goose

The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact: pres@friendsofwallkillriver.org

Friends of Wallkill River

About the Complex

Lenape National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lenape National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS